Use this command to draw a series of contiguous line Segments. Although you can create a series of contiguous line segments, each segment behaves as a separate object. however, there is an advantage in creating contiguous line segments rather than a single polyline: each line segment can be modified independently of the other segments of the Series.

To draw a series of lines

  1. Choose the Graphics » Line » Polyline command or click the tool in the toolbar.

  2. Specify the starting point.

  3. Complete the first line segment by specifying the end point. You can use the pointing device or you can open the dialog box for entering values. In the dialog box, the coordinates of the endpoint can be specified as follows:

    • By typing the point coordinates directly.

    • By specifying the offset from the starting point.

    • Specifying the inclination of the line relative to the horizontal axis and its length.

    To draw a line at a certain angle, press A and specify the angle.

  4. Specify the endpoints of the other line segments.
    To cancel the previous line segment press BACKSPACE.

  5. Press ENTER to end the command or C to close a series of line segments.

The line is created with the current pen style.

Commands and options

Drawing mode

When you place a line there are 5 placement Modes. The mode specifies how angles are created when you place lines and angles to which lines can be placed. Press the TAB key to scroll through the modes or the ALT key to select the opposite mode to the active one. You can change modes at any time while drawing the Line.


In all modes other than Any angle, the line segment connected to the cursor shows the next segment. The segment you are currently placing precedes this Segment.

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